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An image from video taken of King allegedly spitting in a roommate's food container. An image from video taken of King allegedly spitting in a roommate's food container.
Hayley King. Columbia Police Department photo Hayley King. Columbia Police Department photo

(NBC News) - A college student is facing felony charges after a hidden camera allegedly showed her spitting and pouring cleaning fluid in her roommates' food.

The video — recorded on February 4 — appears to show University of South Carolina student Hayley King, 22, taking food belonging to her two roommates out of a refrigerator and contaminating it, NBC affiliate WIS reported

King's roommates set up the camera after "multiple altercations" with the suspect caused them to fear what she was doing while they were not home, according to an incident report.

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Columbia Police accuse King of spitting in food and also pouring Windex on food, the incident report said. One of the victims told police she had actually eaten the tainted items.

Police arrested King on February 9 after her roommates — who reportedly were trying to get King to move out — showed authorities the video.

After viewing the video police called King in for an interview where she later confessed to the incident, according to the report. King has been charged with unlawful, malicious tampering with human drug product or food — a Class C felony in South Carolina which carries a term of up to 20 years in prison, WIS reported.

King was released a day after her arrest on a $5,000 personal recognizance, according to court records.

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